The Problem

“If there’s one thing about the Palm-style handheld computers that people grouse about the most, it’s text entry” — Jeff Green, Business Week

“There’s a reason PDAs aren’t called personal note-taking assistants: Most are terrible input devices.” — Carla Thornton, PC World

The Solution

Faster with Fitaly

“New keyboard layout, built for speed, is perfect for PDAs” — Gary Krakow, MSNBC


Because Fitaly is specifically designed for stylus typing… to minimize hand movement.

The center has 73% of the keys used in normal writing. Adding ch um gives 84%, all reached by just moving the fingers holding the stylus. And each key is near the keys likely to follow.

Accuracy and speed! By design!



Yes, I want it - $25.

Demo, to see for myself.


In the beginning, Pocket PCs were designed to replace your calendar. They had little memory and not many programs. Text entry was not a problem because there was not much to enter.

Think of how the Pocket PC has grown in capability: color, programs, memory, wireless modems…

Now think of the new applications: email, web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets… all on your Pocket PC! And think where and how these are used: note taking in class or the boardroom, investing, sales environments… all these applications always with you, instantly available with a computer you can carry in your pocket.

Amazing. Except for the limits, the things people grouse about most… poor handwriting recognition, cramped keyboards…


Enter Fitaly for the Pocket PC…

A new idea. Fitaly for the Pocket PC is the first keyboard layout specifically designed for entering text with a stylus.

Fast text entry. Error-free. In an hour or two of practice, users typically exceed their handwriting speed, even more so when you factor in the time to correct errors.

And from there… 50 words per minute on the Pocket PC is in your near future!

One contestant in the Dom Perignon speed contest reached 80 wpm, – see the  – and average contestants were over 50 wpm, far better than Graffiti or Qwerty users!


A new keyboard
for a new computer in
the new mobile environment.

Designed to be used
the way the Pocket PC was
designed to be used.



Shortcut Expansion. The Pocket PC version of Fitaly offers a powerful expansion capability with visual advisories. Tap 2 or 3 letters to expand full phrases like "as fast as possible" with just four letters and a tap.

You can add entries in various ways and nothing prevents having glossaries with several thousands of entries on a Pocket PC. So you can keep addresses, product lists, and various nomenclatures easily available with a few letters.

Full Unicode Support. Fitaly 3 allows you to enter the 600+ Unicode characters of the Windows Glyph List, including mathematical, Greek and Cyrillic characters.

The Power of Sliding. How can you get 600+ characters with some 40 keys? One way would be to use modifier keys such as Shift. Fitaly's sliding feature is faster: Sliding is when you tap on a key and move the pen before releasing it. Fitaly uses slides of different lengths and directions to let you enter numbers, capitals, accented letters, other Unicode characters, and macros.

Full Customization. The use of this new (patent pending) sliding technique is fully customizable and you can use it also for favorite shortcuts. Type your whole address with just one quick slide, your email address with another.

And there is more... Flash-card installation... Fast glossary loading and backing up... Half-cells for quick access to digits... Fitaly as the default input method...



Handwriting Recognition? Rigid requirements. Noone ever learns or remembers the nuances. But even after you master them, what have you accomplished? At best you write slower than you can with a pad and paper.

Then, think about why typewriters were invented! So… 15-25 words per minute. Try writing a 3-paragraph e-mail.

“With the Fitaly Keyboard, you get a much more efficient key layout than traditional keyboards… and convenient shortcuts to commonly used phrases… It is especially attractive (because) it provides an easy way to enter accented characters and umlauts right off the basic keyboard. — Club Pocket PC -Microsoft

“Without a doubt, Fitaly is the fastest data input method I've evaluated… There are very few must have applications for the Pocket PC, but Fitaly is most definitely on my list. — Pocket Now

Take along Keyboards? If you set up the keyboard, connect the Pocket PC, and find and sit at a table, they will do some of the job. Of course, if you do that, you could use a much more powerful computer. Try a laptop.

The very things that make the Pocket PC such a great device are: shirt-pocket convenience, always with you, instantly available, impulse available, usable standing up in the hallway, at a meeting, over lunch, in a phone booth… all these situations in which only one hand is available…

The very qualities that make the Pocket PC so useful are almost totally negated by having to set up a keyboard on a desk.

“I bought the Palm… because it looks sexy and small. Now there is no way I’m going to pull out and plug in a keyboard in a public place like a café ‘Hey look everyone, look at me… do ya like my propeller hat?’… Fitaly lets me write without my propeller hat on.”
— Will's Rovings

Onscreen Qwerty keyboard? Okay using 10 fingers but on a Pocket PC it might be a little cramped. To gain the true benefits, the essence of the Pocket PC, you must use a stylus - the one in the same pocket as the device itself. And for speed, you must type - not “write.”

Typing with a stylus on a Qwerty keyboard, however, is not a good idea. A layout designed in 1867 to keep a “type writer” from jamming is not appropriate for stylus tapping; it is using a screwdriver to drive home a nail.

Possible, but too slow, too error-prone, too tiring, too inefficient.

“This style of keyboard was designed for 10 fingers… This makes Qwerty an inefficient method to use when typing with one finger or, on the Palm, one stylus.” — Ed Curran CNN

“What I find very interesting is that I make
very few mistakes” — Gary Krakow MSNBC

Voice?  Background noise, privacy, speed, accuracy, cost, vocabulary limitations… and think of four of you paraphrasing the speaker to your pda at a meeting. Other than that…

“… operating my Palm with voice commands won't give the me the privacy I need.”
— Jeff Green, Business Week

What is needed…


A new computer idea needs
a new way to get text into it
specifically designed for it.

It is the only way you will avail
yourself of the Pocket PC's
full benefits: always with you,
always on, always available.


Textware Solutions
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last modified 21 November 2001